there are better graphics cards for that kind of budget. but the BC experts apparently are a little overwhelmed with the whole graphics card domain right now.
Anyway, you can google for the best card for the money. I am a Radeon man myself.
Radeon Nomenclature works like this:
HD A B C D
A = generation of card 7 being the highest at the moment
B = Iteration and development level of that generation of card , 9 being the highest developmemt level
C = Performance (again...9 being the highest)
D = 0
So, a 5970 is THE 300 watt-sucking performer beast from the fifth generation
A 7990 is top of the mark, but at the same time, a 7970 would suffice most of the time if it means trimming $100 USD from the budget.
i am currently running an HD 5550 1gb ddr2 on my home rig
it is extremely quiet and cool and draws a measly amount of wattage out of the PSU and needs no extra hookup other than the PCI and can run an occasional game with settings tweaked and watered down.
Please be aware, Gamers are very opinionated when they write about their preferences in the message boards but what really matters to a gamer is "frames per second better known as FPS" and it can be calcualated in the ball park from what they call "memory bandwidth" check out the FPS benchmarking for different games. it is all out there for you to discover. i like bjorn3d myself
just a suggestion ; I am currenty being seduced by the 7870 for my next gaming build i am working on for another person. check out that darling of a card!
Hope this helps